John Maduka’s unbeaten run continues

MADUKA—We were very sharp

Former Malawi national football team captain, John Maduka, continued with his impressive run as Bloemfontein Celtic coach after beating Premier Soccer League (PSL) leaders Kaizer Chiefs on Wednesday night.

The victory over Chiefs means Celtic are undefeated in three consecutive games in all competitions since Maduka took over.

Celtic showed great character to come from behind and humble Chiefs at the Absa Tuks Stadium on Wednesday night.


Motebang Sera hammered a brace with the other goal coming from Victor Letsoalo after towering Eric Mathoho had given Chiefs the lead.

Maduka said he was targeting a top eight finish in the league.

“The plan was if we defend well because we know offensively, we were very good, we were very sharp, that is why you see we have won the game. We are very happy. We knew that if you sit [back] you will have a problem against Kaizer Chiefs with the players that they have, you know aerial balls, you will have a problem,” Maduka was quoted by as saying.


“The plan was that we take the game to them, we try and put pressure in their own half, so that they don’t come out and play balls that they want, so it worked well for us. We take it one game at a time and we will be happy to finish in the top eight.”

Celtic are on position 10 on the log table with 32 points.

In his first game as Celtic coach, Maduka guided the team to the final of the NedBank Cup after a 3-0 thumping of Baroka FC.

It was the first time the club had reached the final of this competition since 1985.

Maduka’s next result was a 1-1 stalemate against SuperSport United last week.

Dennis Chembezi and Khuda Muyaba’s Polokwane City anchor the table with 23 points from 26 games whereas Black Leopards, who have Malawi’s veteran midfielder Robert Ng’ambi, are second from the bottom with the same number of points from 26 games.

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